This basics workshop introduces problem gambling, provides an overview of the factors that increase risk for individuals, and identifies opportunities to intervene.
Approximately 6 million U.S. adults—three precent—engage in problem gambling each year. Prevention Solutions at EDC understands that problem gambling is not a stand-alone issue. It disproportionately affects those with substance use or mental health disorders and those most affected by income, housing, and educational disparities.
This workshop offers a definition of problem gambling, including a description of its adverse effects across the life span.
State and community-level substance misuse prevention practitioners and other public health professionals.
- Learning Objectives
- Define the nature of problem gambling across the life span
- Describe factors that increase risk for problem gambling
- Describe the relationship of problem gambling to substance misuse
- Training Content
The Nature of Problem Gambling: Definitions and Data
- Types of gambling
- Key definitions
- Populations at risk
- Adverse effects
Risk Factors for Problem Gambling
- Individual and family level risk factors
- Peer and community level risk factors
Intersection of Problem Gambling and Substance Misuse
- Understanding co-occurrence and co-morbidity
- Identifying shared risk factors